ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. has been a key player in Hamilton’s history since 1912 and is known for over a century of service to this community. This year, the company has established a new resource for its corporate philanthropy: the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation.
Continuing its long-standing tradition of building community strength, ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s new fund aims to invest in organizations that enrich the community and change the lives of children and youth in the Hamilton region. Access to inspiring programs, imaginative arts, nourishment, and nurturing health care are some of the youth priorities.
“We know the importance of sparking a child’s curiosity,” says Tony Valeri, the company’s Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. “It can be the seed of great things to come. Children need only a glimpse of what’s possible, followed by the support to make it happen. Hamilton can be the best place to raise a child and we are proud to play a role in making this happen.”
“Hamilton Community Foundation and ArcelorMittal Dofasco share a long history in Hamilton and some crucial connections,” says HCF’s President & CEO, Terry Cooke. “For many of the Foundation’s 60 years, Dofasco has offered leadership to us in the form of Board members. Trixie Sherman, spouse of past-chairman and CEO Frank H. Sherman, was the first to serve in 1965 and many others have contributed their time and expertise since.”
In addition to funding current grants, the newly established fund is permanently endowed for long-lasting impact.
“Like our company, Hamilton Community Foundation has expertise in creating innovative solutions and partnerships to advance our community,” says Tony Valeri. “We’re looking forward to working together to continue building the community’s strength.”
“We are thrilled to be part of ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s philanthropic outreach,” says Terry Cooke. “The company has a history of charitable giving in the community that is legendary. We are honoured to be a part of it.”
Excerpt from 2013-14 Annual Report